Matt Damon and Robert Downey Jr. in negotiations to join the cast of the next Christopher Nolan

Oppenheimer, which will retrace the course of the “father of the atomic bomb”, is announced for July 2023.

Actors Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon are being approached to join the cast of Christopher Nolan’s new film, Oppenheimer, according to the magazine Deadline . Announced for July 2023, the feature film will be an adaptation ofAmerican Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, biography of the “father of the atomic bomb”, Robert Oppenheimer, awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 and signed by American historians Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.

The story traces the path of the physicist, scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the program which developed the atomic tools responsible for the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945. The distribution of the biopic is not stopped but the director has confirmed the presence of the Irishman Cillian Murphy – who thus marks his sixth collaboration with Nolan -, who will take on the title role. Deadline Also reports that actress Emily Blunt could appear alongside him, as Katherine Vissering Oppenheimer, the scientist’s wife. If this information were to be confirmed, it would be the first time that Robert Downey Jr. has performed under the direction of the filmmaker.

This is Christopher Nolan’s first film to be produced by Universal Pictures, since his shattering divorce from Warner Bros. in September. With his former partner, the British-American director had, among other things, shot the saga The dark knight and movies Inception, Interstellar (where Matt Damon already appeared) or Tenet. For its part, Universal, to seal its – very – new friendship with the filmmaker, graciously endowed the feature film with a $ 100 million and promised exclusive theatrical exploitation for 100 days. Nice proof of love when you know that most of the big studios only grant 45.

A great defender of the film industry, Nolan spoke out, in December 2020, against Warner’s choice to release its 2021 productions simultaneously in theaters and on its HBO Max platform. “Some of the biggest filmmakers and stars in our industry fell asleep the night before thinking they worked for the biggest movie studio and woke up the next day to find they worked for the worst streaming service. “, he had then declared to the Hollywood Reporter .

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